Sometimes walking through Berlin is like walking through history. It was 53 years ago that construction of the Berlin Wall was completed, sealing the East-West German borders. It is hard for new residents to imagine what the severity, suddenness and finality of the border closing felt like.
Twenty-five years later, on Nov. 9, 1989, history was made once again, as the wall fell.
The path of the Berlin Wall will be illuminated by 8,000 helium-filled balloons this week. The balloons will be released on the evening of Nov. 9 to commemorate the fall of the wall.
It is hard to put into words what this means for this city. Living here freely is nothing to take for granted, rather it is an incredible opportunity to steward. As people of faith, this also allows us to live out our faith openly and ushers us into the spiritual history being written right now in the lives of those around us.
More information in English about the Celebration.